Fieldwork as a Way of Knowing: An Italian Immersion Experience
Kimberly M. Wolf, PhD, PMHCNS-BC
Ruth E. Irwin, PhD, RN
Noreen M. Houck, MS, RN, CNE
Natalene P. Kramer, RN, MSN, CRNP, NNP-BC, PhD(c)
Rick Zoucha, PhD, APRN-BC, CTN-A
Mary Brigid Martin, PhD, RN-BC, CTN-A
Debbie Stayer, PhD, RN-BC, CCRN
Melanie T. Turk, PhD, RN
Jillian S. Wills, MSN, RN, CNE

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Wolf, K.M., Irwin, R.E., Houck, N.M., Kramer, N.P., Zoucha, R., Martin, M.B., Stayer, D., Turk, M.T., & Wills, J.S. (2013). Fieldwork as a way of knowing: An Italian immersion experience. Online Journal of Cultural Competence in Nursing and Healthcare, 3(3), pp. 1-15. doi:10.9730/

Abstract: To gain real world experience in a different culture and to understand its health system, the researchers immersed themselves into the Italian culture for one week. This paper demonstrates the use of fieldwork as a valuable tool early in the research process. The researchers used the Sunrise Enabler to view and understand culture, took field notes, and used interpretation consistent with fieldwork. This resulted in the following common and holistic themes: sense of family closeness and value of kinship, religious influence, health care as a right, and vulnerability in a new environment through the lens of the observers. Collective interpretation and literature support each theme. Following this experience, the researchers had an increased understanding of Roman Italian values, beliefs, customs, and a new found appreciation and interest in the inclusion of immersion prior to any formal research.

Keywords: culture, transcultural, ethnonursing, fieldwork, research, topic development

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